Sussex Uni to play ‘key role’ in new £20m research centre

The research and innovation centre will focus on the governance, transition and politics of the UK’s decarbonisation policy, with 11 experts from the university involved

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The University of Sussex will play a key role in a new research and innovation centre, focusing on the UK’s race to decarbonise.

The newly announced Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) has received £20 million in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), with the university set to lead on three research topics.

Sussex will have 11 energy policy experts involved in IDRIC, focusing on the governance, transition and politics of the UK’s decarbonisation policy.

Co-Director of IDRIC and Professor at the University of Sussex, Benjamin Sovacool, commented: “Decarbonising industry is absolutely central to limiting the impact of climate change but there are no simple solutions, it is one of the hardest energy policy nuts to crack.

“This new interdisciplinary centre will be key to addressing that critical challenge with an ambitious vision to become a leading research programme that is truly not only one of the best in the world but one that is also instrumental in aiding industry to take the steps necessary towards a net zero future.”

 

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